VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. The Reverend Pat Robertson, who prayed for victory last week with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, contends that the cease-fire with Hezbollah has rendered the entire bloody conflict pointless.

Back from Israel to resume hosting his “700 Club” broadcast, Robertson quoted a Bible passage from the prophet Isaiah: “We were with child. We writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind.””In other words,” he said, “nothing came out of this at all. ‘We writhed in pain,’ but nothing was born from it.”

Suggesting that the invasion of Lebanon failed to achieve its objective, Robertson said, “Israel went in, but what have they done? Is the word of Isaiah true? — ‘We writhed in pain but we gave birth to wind’ — I’m afraid so.”

Says the UN to Robertson: sorry to have spoiled all your fun, Reverend . . . meanwhile, other apocalyptic evangelists are out making the rounds of the news shows hawking the “August 22” theory:

Yesterday morning E. D. Hill interviewed Joel C. Rosenberg, whom she introduced as a “terror analyst” and author of the book “The Copper Scroll.” Rosenberg proceeded to claim that on August 22nd Iran’s President Ahmadinejad could be planning a “cataclysmic event” to celebrate a holy day in the Shi’a Muslim calendar. Hill was right there feeding her guest leading questions guaranteed to elicit answers that would send thrills and chills down the spines of the poor deluded FOX viewers. She never bothered to tell her audience about Rosenberg’s credentials as a mideast expert, probably because he doesn’t have any.

. . . She asked Rosenberg if the date August 22nd was important in the Islamic world.

Rosenberg answered, saying “Well, as Middle East expert Bernard Lewis has brought up and as have others, August 22nd is a very important date in Islam. It’s the date by which the Prophet Mohammed supposedly made his night flight from Saudi Arabia to Jerusalem, to heaven and back. It’s a day that many radical Muslims kind of long for liquidating the Jewish people and liberating Jerusalem. Therefore, the concern is that, if this response is coming from Iran over its nuclear program on the 22nd, Lewis raises the possibility that this would be the date for the catastrophic attack that Iran is planning to wipe Israel off the map.”

E. D. HILL: “And why catastrophic attack? People in their right mind would say, well, wait a second, you bring that on you, you create the end of the world but, in fact, if you look at it from a religious perspective, that hastens the coming of the Messiah. And is that a fear that a lot of people have concerning Ahmadinejad?”

ROSENBERG: “Well, that’s the concern about Ahmadinejad and I write about this fictionally in “The Ezekiel Option”, “The Copper Scroll”, but what’s not fiction right now is that Ahmadinejad is a radical Shi’ite Muslim. He is telling colleagues in Iran that he believes the end of the world is rapidly approaching and that the way to hasten the coming of the Islamic Messiah is to launch a global jihad to destroy Israel, the little satan, in his view, and the United States, the great satan. In the speech last October, E. D., in which Ahmadinejad gave his ‘we’re gonna wipe Israel off the map’ speech, he also urged the Muslim world to envision a world without the United States and he asked, rhetorically, ‘is that possible?’ and then he began to lay out the strategy of a Muslim attack against Israel and the United States.”

Full article here.  Iran and August 22 — that’s next week; Israel in Lebanon — that’s so, like, yesterday . . .